Senator Go Opens 165th Malasakit Center in Pangasinan

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go inaugurated the 165th Malasakit Center in Rosales, Pangasinan, aiming to boost access to healthcare for poor and indigent patients. The center is part of a nationwide network of 165 Malasakit Centers that have assisted around 10 million Filipinos since the program's inception.

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Senator Go Opens 165th Malasakit Center in Pangasinan

Senator Go Opens 165th Malasakit Center in Pangasinan

On May 10, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go inaugurated the 165th Malasakit Center at the Conrado F. Estrella Regional Medical and Trauma Center in Rosales, Pangasinan. The center aims to boost access to healthcare, particularly for poor and indigent patients, by providing medical assistance and reducing the financial burden of treatments.

Why this matters: The expansion of Malasakit Centers can significantly improve healthcare outcomes in rural areas, where access to medical services is often limited. This initiative can also serve as a model for other countries seeking to address healthcare disparities in underserved regions.

As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Go emphasized his commitment to expanding healthcare access and improving the quality of life for Filipinos, especially those in rural areas. "Nagbukas po tayo ng bagong Malasakit Center dito sa Rosales para masiguro na ang mga Pilipino ay may access sa mabilis, maayos, at maaasahang tulong pampagamot para sa serbisyong medikal na kailangan nila," said Go.

The Malasakit Center in Rosales is the sixth in the Ilocos region and part of a broader network of 92 centers throughout Luzon. Nationwide, there are now 165 Malasakit Centers that have collectively assisted around 10 million Filipinos since the program's inception, according to the Department of Health.

Go is the principal author and sponsor of Republic Act No. 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which institutionalized the Malasakit Centers program. The law requires all DOH-run hospitals and the Philippine General Hospital to establish their own Malasakit Center, with the option available to other public hospitals that meet certain operational standards.

The Malasakit Center serves as a one-stop shop for medical-related financial assistance, integrating programs from the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. This integration streamlines the process for patients to access various types of assistance in a single location.

During the center's launch, Senator Go distributed assistance to 322 hospital staff and 331 patients. He also reiterated his commitment to supporting other initiatives to improve healthcare access, such as establishing more Super Health Centers to bring primary care closer to communities and Regional Specialty Centers to offer specialized medical services nationwide.

Go is also the principal sponsor and one of the authors of RA 11959, or the Regional Specialty Centers Act. These facilities will focus on providing advanced medical care for specific conditions, enhancing the capacity to offer specialized treatment and cater to the complex health needs of Filipinos in all regions.

The opening of the 165th Malasakit Center in Rosales, Pangasinan marks another milestone in Senator Go's efforts to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for all Filipinos. With the continued expansion of the Malasakit Centers program and the establishment of Super Health Centers and Regional Specialty Centers, Go remains committed to his goal of improving the quality of life and healthcare for the nation, particularly for those in underserved areas.

Key Takeaways

  • 165th Malasakit Center opens in Rosales, Pangasinan, aiming to boost healthcare access for poor patients.
  • Malasakit Centers have assisted around 10 million Filipinos since the program's inception.
  • Senator Go is the principal author of the Malasakit Centers Act and the Regional Specialty Centers Act.
  • The centers provide medical assistance and reduce financial burden for patients, especially in rural areas.
  • Go aims to improve healthcare access and quality of life for Filipinos, especially in underserved regions.